Dem Who Challenged 2016 Election Says People ‘Willing to Deny Results of a Clear Election’ Shouldn’t Run in an Election

Craig Millward | November 3, 2022 | 2:04pm EDT
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(CNS News)- Following President Joe Biden’s speech Wednesday, which the White House dubbed “Standing up for Democracy,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) declared that “If someone is willing to deny the clear results of an election, they shouldn't be running in an election.”

But, on January 6, 2017, Raskin contested the results of the 2016 presidential election, in remarks on the House floor:

“I have an objection because 10 of the 29 electoral votes cast by Florida were cast by electors not lawfully certified, because they violated Florida’s prohibition against dual office holding.”

Then-Vice President Joe Biden denied Raskin’s challenge, noting it was not signed by a member of the House of Representatives and a senator. 

On Wednesday night, Raskin told MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” that “If someone is willing to deny the clear results of an election, they shouldn't be running in an election. And when the president said that people shouldn't be denying elections when it is clear who’s won.”

Raskin went on to argue that Americans shouldn’t question the results of the 2020 election, because the courts have decided the matter:

“I'd be willing even to grant, okay, you don't accept the election as it comes down from the administrative authorities, the election officials. But, if you had a challenge in court, and the courts rejected every allegation of electoral fraud and corruption, as more than 60 courts did, with respect to Donald Trump's big lie about the 2020 election, then, in a democratic society, you've got to accept that. What else can you do?"

"You really are positioning yourself outside the Constitutional order and the rule of law, if you continue to try to claim that you, somehow, won,” the Democrat congressman added.

Raskin even claimed that people who deny the 2020 are suffering from an obvious “psychological malady”:

"And it’s also, obviously, a psychological malady, too, because you are just cutting up against everything we understand about healthy mental functioning. There's no basis for what they're saying, and so they're spreading paranoia in the land.”

In response to Democrat efforts to silence those questioning the 2020 election results,  the Republican National Committee has published a 12-minute video montage of prominent Democrats – such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Kamala Harris, Rep. Jerry Nadler and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton – all denying past election results and calling Republican presidents “illegitimate.”

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